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State-of-the-Art Fitness Equipment available for use daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Computer Lab is opened daily from 7:30 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m.

Check out our library and borrow the books of your choice (honor system).

Meet your friends at the Senior Center to play pool, snooker or Wii games.

A jigsaw puzzle is always in progress.

Meals are served at noon every Monday through Friday.

Open Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

 

• Call 736-6842 to register for senior activities. Complete details for activities are included in the monthly newsletter, “The Senior Connection.” To receive your newsletter please fill out a 2020 Membership Form and return with $20.00 to the Senior Citizens Program, 115 Lincoln Avenue West, Fergus Falls, MN  56537.

 

For information on other senior services in the area log onto the MinnesotaHelp.Info website.



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Menu

 

All meals served with low-fat milk,
bread and margarine. Meals are
prepared in a facility that uses
wheat, soy, dairy and nuts.

 

Menu is subject to change

 

 

• Call 736-6842 for reservations at least one day in advance. Reservations will not be taken after 10:00 a.m. the day of a meal.

• Nutrition Services, Inc. provides this service through a contract with the Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging with funding from the Federal Older American’s Act through the Minnesota Board on Aging.

• Participants do not need to be members of the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. to enjoy the meals at the Senior Center.

• Suggested donation is $4.00 per meal for persons 60 years of age and older, and $7.00 for persons under 60.

 

For information on other senior services in the area log onto the MinnesotaHelp.Info website.



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Companion

The Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. is proud to host the Senior Companion Program, in collaboration with Lutheran Social Service and the National Senior Service Corps.

 

Senior Companion

Celebrating over 40 years of service!

 

What is the purpose of the Senior Companion Program?

Through their assistance and friendship, Senior Companions help others live independently in their homes rather than having to move to expensive, institutional care. Senior Companions assist clients with grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments, and more. They offer contact with the outside world and help make the lives of the people they serve less lonely.

What are the requirements and benefits of becoming a Senior Companion?

Senior Companions are at least 60 years old, meet income eligibility requirements, and serve two or more clients during their minimum of 15 hours of service each week. They must participate in pre-service orientation and in training workshops throughout their service.

In exchange for their service, Senior Companions will:

• Find new friends

• Learn new things

• Help others

• Volunteer 15 hours per week with a flexible schedule

• Feel the satisfaction of making a difference

They also receive modest tax-free stipends, reimbursement for transportation, meals during service, annual physical examinations, and accident and liability insurance while on duty. Senior Companions begin serving once they have completed 40 hours of pre-service orientation training. Another four hours of training each month is required.

What is the role of the Senior Companion?

Senior Companions assist others to maintain the highest level of dignity and independent living possible by:

• Visiting homebound isolated adults

• Providing support to family caregivers

• Assisting with vital services such as
grocery shopping and appointments

• Serving as the “eyes and ears”
to the supporting agency

• Acting as a friend who listens and cares

What are some appropriate activities for Senior Companions?

Senior Companions become friends with those who are lonely and isolated. They do the things that “friends do
for friends”.

• Be a personal friend

• Help with writing letters

• Help plan healthy meals and snacks

• Share hobbies, playing cards and other games

• Go for a walk or exercise together at
an appropriate level

• Be a resource person concerning social
activities, senior dining, social service support

• Help with forms and applications

• Do errands such as going to the post office

• Help with simple household repairs and
maintenance such as changing a light bulb

What are some inappropriate activities for Senior Companions?

Senior Companions are not meant to replace family, home health care workers, or maintenance workers. They should not be used for:

• Emergency contacts when family members
are out of town

• Weekend or holiday activities–
Senior Companions volunteer Monday through Friday

• Activities performed by a health care
professional such as bathing, toe nail clipping

• Any detrimental activity

• Major household chores such as
cleaning, laundry, lawn care, shoveling

• Lifting or moving heavy items
like furniture, wheelchairs

• Extensive shopping

• Caring for or cleaning up after pets

• Acting as a legal representative

• Lending or borrowing money,
depositing cash into your bank account

• Non-essential travel

• Meal preparation for anyone but the client

Remember, Senior Companions are volunteers and are to be treated as a friend and not just free help.

How is the Senior Companion Program funded?

The Senior Companion Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Minnesota Board of Aging, United Way and collaborative agencies such as Lutheran Social Service of MN and the City of Fergus Falls.

How do I become a Senior Companion?

To become a Senior Companion in Fergus Falls, contact the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program by calling 736-6842.

How do I receive the services of a Senior Companion?

To receive the services of a Senior Companion in Fergus Falls, contact the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program by calling 736-6842.

How do I receive Caregiver Support?

To receive caregiver support and respite services call toll free at 1-866-787-9802 or visit https://www.lssmn.org/services/older-adults/caregiver-support

 

Lutheran Social Service

National Senior Service Corps

 

For information on other senior services in the area log onto the MinnesotaHelp.Info website.



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Membership

Membership fees, as established by the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Board of Directors, are $20.00 per person per year. Members must be 55 years of age and older, and their spouse or caretaker may become a member regardless of their age. A paid membership entitles the member to the monthly newsletter, free notary service, voting privileges and reduced prices on activities. All money received from memberships goes into the Senior Citizens Activity Fund.

Please feel free to download the application form below and return it to the Senior Citizens Program at 115 Lincoln Avenue West, Fergus Falls MN  56537 with your membership fee. Your membership card will be mailed when we receive your payment. If you have any questions, call 736-6842.

 

Membership Application

Click the following link to download the Membership Application: 2020 Membership Form

 

Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc.
Membership Application

 

$20 ENCLOSED__________     CARD #_____________
(office use)

 

NAME________________________________________

ADDRESS_____________________________________

EMAIL________________________________________

TELEPHONE___________________________________

BIRTH DATE__________________________________

EMERGENCY CONTACT:

NAME________________________________________

TELEPHONE___________________________________

RELATIONSHIP________________________________

 

 

 

WAIVER: In consideration of the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. accepting this application, I, for myself, my spouse, my heirs, executors, and/or administrators, release and forever discharge the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. and its officers, employees, directors, volunteers, agents, servants, and all connected with the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. of and from any and all rights, claims, demands and actions of any and every nature whatsoever, for any and all loss, damage, injuries sustained by me or my property at any time. I also authorize the use of any and all photographs taken within the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc.  to be used for publicity of the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. I declare, for myself, and/or my spouse, that I/we am/are physically sound and medically approved to participate in the activities of the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc., and that I have been instructed to get my doctor’s permission before engaging in any activity offered through the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc.

 

Signature____________________  Date__________

 

 

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Contact

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Whatweoffer

Activities

quilting2The Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program is a great place to socialize with friends and watch your social network grow. We offer a variety of programs to fit the needs of all senior citizens from 55 years of age and older. Some activities offered are: quilting & crafting, pinochle, bridge, whist, hand & foot, Red Hat group, Adopt-a-Class, entertainment, special events, exercise classes, bingo, greeting card recycling, bunco, discussion groups, Zumba Gold, line dancing, memory screenings, library with magnifying reading machine, eight-ball pool and snooker, paint classes, informational seminars, and volunteer opportunities.

 

Exercise


nustepOur Exercise Programs are Top Notch!
We offer the Life Fitness Circuit Series for strength training, plus a hip abductor, three NuSteps, two TechnoGym Excite Jog treadmills, two Technogym upright LED bikes, a TechnoGym Crossover 700, SCIFIT climber, SCIFIT elliptical, and a SCIFIT recumbent/arm bike that is wheelchair accessible. Orientation classes to use the equipment are held with a certified exercise instructor prior to using the equipment. After an orientation session to the equipment, members are welcome to use the equipment anytime during Senior Center hours (Note: some equipment unavailable during circuit training class at 10:00 a.m. Monday and Thursday). We encourage participants starting a new exercise routine to have a discussion with their physician prior to using the equipment.

 

Keep exercising while you are sheltering at home during the coronavirus with these videos:

 

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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmk21KJuZUM7kDgg7EOsXqPKAoOnD5Q8N

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yom2dTNQaUs&list=PLRtwL9_Usl0y8CRs6KSHyHhD7nhU2ECwM&index=8&t=221s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zg3u8ceNDE&list=PLRtwL9_Usl0y8CRs6KSHyHhD7nhU2ECwM&index=9&t=96s

https://www.ncoa.org/blog/encouraging-older-adults-to-stay-active-and-safe-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

 

The Fergus Falls Senior Center is a Silver Sneakers® and Renew Active participating fitness center! Silver Sneakers and Renew Active are designed specifically to help older adults achieve better health through regular exercise and health education. Silver Sneakers and Renew Active provide eligible members with no-cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health plans.

 


We are your “Healthy Aging Center.”

 

Our Senior Center Without Walls

We provide services beyond the walls of our Senior Center through the Senior Companion Program service. Follow the link highlighted in blue to learn more about the program.

The program is funded by the City of Fergus Falls, membership fees and fund raising efforts.

 

Nutrition

Lunch PicNutrition Services, Inc. operates a congregate nutrition program at the Senior Center Monday through Friday at 12:00 noon. They also prepare Meals by Wheels which are delivered by volunteers. Nutritionally balanced meals consist of such entrees as barbecued ribs, pork chops, chicken, roast beef, turkey, casseroles, plus all the trimmings. Frozen meals are also available. Suggested price of a meal is $4.00 for people who are 60 and older. People under 60 years of age are welcome to attend for a suggested price of $7.00. Please register in advance if you plan to attend. This program is funded by the Older Americans Act and administered by the Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging.

 

For information on other senior services in the area log onto the MinnesotaHelp.Info website.



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Disclosures

Mission

The mission of the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. is to enrich the lives and promote the independent lifestyles of the senior citizens of the Fergus Falls area, including, but not limited to, providing programs and classes dealing with nutrition, outreach, social service or employment opportunities.

Board of Directors

TERM ENDS NAME AND OFFICE HELD
2022  Bob Englehart, Vice President (2nd term)
2022  Carolyn Johnson (2nd term)
2022  Val Narveson (1st term)
2022  Sharon Stevens (1st term)
2022  Marlene Wilde (1st term)
2022  Jean Zahler (1st term)
2021  vacant (1st term)
2021  Dennis Bogen (2nd term)
2021  David A. Bald, President (2nd term)
2021  Terry Ibbeson (1st term)
2021  Jim Sha (2nd term)
2020  Carolyn Englehart (2nd term)
2020  Marlys Bald (1st term)
2020  Marietta Bullis, Secretary (1st term)
2020  Adeline Kapphahn (1st term)
2020  Ed Zahler (1st term)

 

 

• Board members are elected for three-year terms, unless they are finishing a vacated term, at the annual meeting which is held the second Wednesday in May. Board members can hold only two consecutive terms (six years), and then they must rotate off the board for at least one year. Candidates must be members of the Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc.

• Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, 115 Lincoln Avenue West, Fergus Falls MN.

• Have coffee with the board at 9:00 a.m. prior to the board meeting. Check your newsletters to find out the topic of the month, if any.

 

2018 Annual Report

2018 Financial Report

IRS Tax Exempt Letter

IRS Form 1023

Risk Management Program Overview

 

For information on other senior services in the area log onto the MinnesotaHelp.Info website.



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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Fergus Falls Senior Center is operating on reduced hours and with reduced capacity.

 

Hours for the Senior Center workout room:

 

M-F 7:30 TO 10:30 AM (registration is required). 

 

To schedule a workout, call the Senior Center during the modified business hours of 7:30am – 10:30am: 
736-6842

 

For more information on COVID-19 please go to https://www.health.state.mn.us/ or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

From Your Local Healthcare System: Please read this important message from Lake Region Healthcare social-distancing-a-local-call-to-action-final

Keep Exercising: Check out our page What We Offer for exercise videos to help you stay in shape during this difficult time.

Beware of These Coronavirus Scams: https://www.ncoa.org/blog/4-coronavirus-scams-to-avoid/

On Mental Health: https://www.ncoa.org/blog/7-tips-for-managing-your-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

 

We Are Your Healthy Aging Center!

The Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to enrich the lives and promote the independent lifestyles of the senior citizens of the Fergus Falls area.

 

 

 

 

We are your vaccination
against loneliness and frailty,
and your prescription for vitality!

 

 

 

Watch our commercial as aired on KVRR Television:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6A6gkBugNs

 

City of Fergus FallsCity of Fergus Falls Staff: Kathy Sporre, CSA®, Director; Kim Shea, CSA®, Receptionist, Certified Older Adult Fitness Trainer

 

 

 

• Nutrition Services, Inc. Staff: Ruth Thompson, Food Service Manager; Sherri Marquard, Assistant Cook; Food Service Delivery, Neal Biederman Battle Lake

For information on other senior services in the area log onto the MinnesotaHelp.Info website.

 



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